Monash University

Doctor of Physiotherapy



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 4.8 Million
Student Population 73,800
Int'l Student Population 19,075
Main Campus Clayton
Program Campus Peninsula
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $52,000 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake July
Next Available Intake 2022
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places 15 (35 total)


Monash is pleased to offer a brand-new, innovative and comprehensive Doctor of Physiotherapy program from July 2020.

The Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University prides itself on research-informed teaching that will challenge and encourage you. With a progressive and supportive learning environment, you’ll learn to collaborate, innovate, and succeed. Monash Physiotherapy aims to advance health and wellness through best practice in education and research in an environment that is progressive and supportive for both educators and students.

A strong emphasis on finding interdisciplinary solutions to health problems flows through all the school’s courses, allowing you to gain an understanding of how you can work with other primary health care professions.


The Monash Doctor of Physiotherapy provides you with the knowledge, skills and clinical experience to start your career as a physiotherapist. The program is based at the university’s Peninsula campus (approximately 40 km southeast of Melbourne), where you’ll become part of a growing specialist precinct for allied health and primary care education and research.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy curriculum is underpinned by four major themes, which are integrated throughout each unit you complete:

1. Personal and professional development
2. Population, society and health
3. Applied practice
4. Research

A physiotherapist in training from day one
You will get hands-on experience and exposure to the clinical environment from the start of your degree. Monash offers early work-integrated learning, where you’ll see physiotherapists in action, take part in simulation activities, and practice your new skills in Monash’s physiotherapy practice labs and rehabilitation gym on campus. You’ll also have opportunities to learn collaborative practice alongside students from other areas of health, preparing you to provide the best possible patient care.

Clinical Placements
Monash partners with some of Victoria’s major healthcare providers to give you access to high-quality clinical training. Your placements will take place in a range of facilities, from hospitals to rehabilitation centres to private practice. Your placement could take you to the Alfred, Australasia’s largest trauma centre, community rehabilitation with Peninsula Health, or even with a rural healthcare service.

Creating future healthcare leaders
You’ll complete your own research project, under the guidance of one of Monash’s physiotherapy experts, and have the opportunity to make a difference to physiotherapy practice and services. With training in leadership, advocacy, and education as part of your degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of potential career pathways.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70% +) and have extensive pre-existing knowledge in the following areas:

  • one semester of human anatomy;
  • one semester of human physiology; and
  • one semester of biostatistics (research methods/statistics also considered).

Important note: The Monash DPT requires a relevant undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Kinesiology or a Bachelor of Science with a major in physiology, rehabilitation, human movement, life sciences etc. Your bachelor’s degree must include a minimum of 2 of the 3 prerequisite subject areas listed above. Applicants will only be permitted to do 1 prerequisite subject as non-award study (i.e., outside your bachelor’s degree).

Admission Timeline

*Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.